Routine discrimination against Jews on the Temple Mount is certainly nothing new.
Despite its status as the holiest site in Judaism, due to Muslim pressure and threats Israeli police maintain a blanket ban on any forms of non-Muslim worship. In practice, the measures target visibly-Jewish visitors, who are only allowed to visit during certain hours of the day and whose groups are severely restricted in size and closely monitored for anyone daring to pray – an arrestable offense.
This, despite numerous Israeli court rulings, most recently in March of this year, reaffirming the right of Jews and other non-Muslims to freedom of worship on the Temple Mount.
In addition, Jewish groups are often subjected to humiliating and prolonged searches for “prohibited items” including prayer books or other religious items, and regularly forced to stand for hours before being cleared for entry, while non-Jewish tourists breeze through security.
It was during one such two-hour-long wait on Monday that a Jewish Israeli teenager was filmed staging a one-man protest, briefly blocking off the entire entrance to the Mount to all visitors in protest of anti-Jewish discrimination.
During the ensuing scuffle with police – recorded by another Jewish visitor – the teen was joined by another, younger Jewish boy, and the pair can be heard protesting police “racism” and “apartheid” against Jews on Judaism’s holiest site before being detained.
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